You can love or hate food critics but what happens when critics have different opinions about the same place? And how does this help consumers? The purpose of reviewing restaurants is to help consumers make a choice. Peter Preston on the Guardian makes the point that restaurant evening has become a series of elegant essays too fray to chomp. It is worth a read.
The wines of Liguria are really worth discovering. Andrew Jefford has written a very interesting article in this weekend’s Financial Times about the wines and wineries of this beautiful Italian region. But you may need to head there.
On the subject of Liguria, there is a mention of the Focaccia di Recco, a type of flatbread with cheese which comes from the village of the same name. You can find it in any bakery in Liguria. Here is a list of 9 Italian dishes you must try.
Here is a great article about food and authenticity. It is about Mexican food but it is also valid for other cuisines.
The Champagne house Maison Louis Roederer has opened a private vineyard nursery to grow its own rootstocks and control the process from beginning to end.
Ron Washam has insulted people in the wine industry for years on Hosemaster of Wine blog but he could have landed in trouble when inventing quotes from wine-glass maker Riedel. He has been threatened with libel.
Food fraud is a huge problem. It can also happen in seafood especially when it is processed with the identity of the fish easily hidden. Read about it here.
Have you ever tried cooking Fideuà. If not this recipe will encourage you to try this Valencian fish similar to paella.
More recipes this time from Jacob Kennedy can be found in this FT Weekend article. They feature dumplings.
Many of us know about Hummus but few have heard of Bakla. Road and Kingdoms have a report on bakla which is made with favs-like beans instead of chickpeas.
Here is a great travel guide to Provence in the New York Times series 36 hours.
Our final link is to an article about how climate change is hitting where it hurts: your wine. Temperature increases mean vineyards are popping up in unexpected places. Champagne houses are buying fields in Brtian and Sweden has a thriving wine industry.
Have a great week.